Most of us love pets, especially kittens – but a lot of people don’t realise the amount of work you have to put into caring for a new kitten. Here are a few things you should think about before you go ahead and buy that cute kitty.
Is your home kitten friendly?
Cat’s are curious creatures and even stay at home cats like to roam. I’ve written about the horrible time we had when our cat Bean went missing for five months but of course the worst thing is to hear that your cat has been hit by a car. Nowhere is entirely safe, but if you live on a really busy road or next door to an angry dog, you should really think twice about whether a little kitten is going to be safe and happy.
Is your home kitten ready?
Can you fit a cat flap, depending on the type of door, it’s not always that easy. If you have a landlord, you need to check that they’re ok with you having a cat and if they’ll let you install a cat-flap. You’re also going to need a litter tray, a bed and some toys.
Find a breed that’s right for you. Birmans are friendly, smart and sociable and they’re not particularly active, so they might be a good choice if you live in a small home. Himalayans also enjoy an indoor life and are very affectionate and if you want a really cute kitty, check out a Ragdoll. They’re called this because they go all floppy when you pick them up, they love attention and are super cute. Be warned though, pedigree breeds aren’t cheap so expect to pay upwards of five hundred pounds.
Consider getting a rescue kitten
Obviously a much cheaper option and you can feel good that you are giving a deserving kitten a good home. An advantage of owning a cross-breed cat is that they’ll probably have fewer health problems than a pedigree.
Insure your kitten
Don’t even think about trying to save some money by cutting out your pet insurance. You don’t want to put yourself in the position of having to have your pet put down because you can’t afford the medication or surgery. Make sure that you compare insurance deals to get the right one for you.
Get your kitten microchipped
I know from experience how important this is. Our cat Bean was returned to us after five months because of the microchip, otherwise we’d never have got him back. It only costs about ten pounds and you can get it done as part of the vaccination. Just remember to keep your contact information updated.
Will a kitten fit in with your lifestyle?
You need time to bond with your kitten, it’s very important to build a relationship with them and after that they are going to need regular companionship. If work or play regularly takes you away from home for long periods of time, then, however much you want one, you really shouldn’t get a kitten.